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Leopold Elementary Library: Native Peoples of WI

The Leopold Library Portal


Thanks to Kelli Ballwahn and Katelyn Martens, MMSD librarians, for generously sharing their outstanding resources. For additional information on Native Peoples of Wisconsin, check out the Library Portal for McKee Middle School.

The Ways

Stories on culture and language from contemporary native communities around the central Great Lakes.

Map of Wisconsin

Building Tradition - Birchbark Canoes

As a young boy, Wayne Valliere’s grandmother said to him, “Your grandfathers are written throughout history. I challenge you and your brothers to think, what will your grandchildren say about you someday?” That inspired Valliere to pass on his Native American culture to young people in his community. One of the ways he does that is by teaching them how to craft traditional birchbark canoes. (Excerpt from

Lady Thunderhawks

Featuring Jessica House, Oneida Nation, helping to lead the Lady Thunderhawks. More information can be found here:


Check out these resources to learn more about contemporary native peoples.

Jingle Dancer (by the 1491s)

Kayla Gebeck, Red Lake Ojibwe, studies linguistics and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. She’s a 1491 and she represents. Cinematography by Hillary Abe. Directed and Edited by Dallas Goldtooth and Ryan Red Corn. Music by Little Otter

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